What Is Some Information About Gender-Based Inequality in America?


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Some information about gender-based inequality in America is that even though women of the Millennial generation more often have a college degree than men of the same generation, women still live in poverty at higher rates. In general, Millennial women earn less than their male counterparts. However, some groups of women earn more than similarly situated men, such as childless women in their 20s, who earn more than childless men of the same age.

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As of 2015, a woman who earns a college degree in the United States loses $800,000 by age 59 because of the gender pay gap. Women in the South have the lowest employment and earning rates of any region in the United States. In 2014, 14.5 percent of adult women lived in poverty, compared to 11 percent of adult men.

Even so, about 40 percent of women earn more than their husbands. However, among adults who work full time, women still earn 19 percent less than men. In addition, men vastly outnumber women in the fields of science and engineering, and in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as of 2012. Further, no woman has ever held the office of president of the United States, as of 2015.

Women make up 31.5 percent of attorneys in the United States; however, only 19.5 percent of law firm partners are women, and 11 percent of law firms have no female leadership at all, as of 2010. Women hold only 23 percent of federal judge seats and only 27 percent of state judge seats, as of 2010, while the U.S. Supreme Court has only ever seen four female justices.

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